You know you’ve heard it. Forty is the new thirty, fifty is the new forty and so on. While I like the idea that forty is the new thirty, I have also adopted the idea that February is the new January. At least this year. I can’t be the only one who’s a little behind on making some goals (or resolutions if you prefer) and attempting to get their shit together.
I’m a planner so I don’t know that I’ll make a habit of this but the end of 2014 felt rough for reasons that I’m not sure I fully comprehend. Come January, I hadn’t even thought about where I wanted to go with my year. I needed to get in a better frame of mind in order to think proactively. Here I am and it’s the first week in February and I have just started sketching out my thoughts for what I want to accomplish. I got myself a cute notebook and got down to business.
Jennifer has shared some of her favorite resources here and we have a little overlap but I have a few other tools that I’ve stumbled on which speak to me.
1.) I have participated in Simple Scrapper’s Start Fresh and was able to think specifically about my scrapbooking projects and timelines. The great thing about this is that Jennifer Wilson has now made this a class that you can participate in any time. Simple Scrapper is also launching a new class, The Finishing Project, which I am really looking forward to trying out.
2.) I am also participating in Ali Edwards’ One Little Word® this year. I’ve only ever gotten as far as choosing a word but this year I’ve written down my thoughts on the January intentions and I’m working through the prompt cards. I’ll be honest, I’ve never loved doing vision boards which is the February activity but it’s good to step out of our comfort zone so I am going to make it a priority to complete this step of the process. My word for the year is LOVE.
3.) Another resource that I truly enjoy comes from Beth Kempton at Do What you Love she has some amazing collaborations and someday I’d love to attend one of the DWYL retreats. Anyway, she puts out some fantastic free resources and the one I picked up and really felt worked with my crafty dabbler brain is the New Year’s Revolution kit. The prompts give you a chance to look back on 2014 but also consider where you want to be at the end of 2015 with retrospective visioning. Which is as cool as it sounds.
4.) My last resource which I came across via the one and only Cathy Zielske, is START: Your Quarterly Guide to Goal Domination from Stilettos on the Rocks. The best thing about this resource? No dates. My first quarter starts in February. No feeling behind. It really is a resource to use at your own pace and there are helpful prompts if you’re stuck. This guide hits on the major areas of life and gives plenty of space to make your lists.
Whatever your goals are, don’t feel like you have to wait until a Monday or the first of the month or even the first of the year. Today is as good a day as any to get moving and there are some fantastic resources out there to get you started. Good luck!
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